In 1996 we started “farming” on 1/5 acre. We didn’t sell much, but it was enough to give us a solid foundation on which to build our business. This summer we will manage a total of 10 acres in Freeport. Our commitment to producing quality produce has built our business into a sustainable family owned farm that will be able to serve you for years to come.
Since the beginning our commitment has been to provide fresh, tasty, beautiful organic vegetables. We stand behind our product. For the first few years we worked hard to build the soil back to optimal fertility after 50 years of neglect, and expand our knowledge of varieties and growing techniques. Over the years we’ve added irrigation to the fields, heated greenhouses for winter production, and a state-of-the-art walk-in cooler to assure that the product is beautiful in the field and stays that way from the time it’s harvested and packaged until it’s delivered. We will always strive to continuously improve our farm infrastructure, equipment, and practices.
Lisa studied civil engineering and soil science at the University of Maine. After years working in soil labs and in the fields as an engineer, she started Laughing Stock as a way to work close to home with her kids while Ralph was employed in Alaska.
Lisa has been an active member of MOFGA, the Maine Farm Bureau, the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association, as well as a few others. Lisa was the president of MOFGA from 2003-2004 and is currently the president of the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association.
After studying business administration at the University of Maine, Ralph changed his career path by receiving a degree in mechanical engineering technology. Ralph spent many years working as an engineer on the Alaska pipeline and later consulted on the design and construction of a 45 million gal/yr multi-feedstock biodiesel plant in Erie, PA.
Ralph is also active in the agricultural community in Maine, as part of the Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Growers Association, Maine Rural Partners, and kept active in engineering as part of the Farm Energy Partners and Triglyceride Fuel Working Group.